Marrakesh and Imperial Capitals

Duration

6 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Marrakesh

Available

May 2023 / March 2024

Cities to visit: Marrakesh; Ouzoud; Fez; Volubilis; Moulay Idriss; Meknes; Rabat; Casablanca

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Marrakech!!! . On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
At the end of the afternoon you will be able to experience a traditional Kalesa ride up to the famous Djema square. Dinner buffet included. Hotel accommodation.
08:15 hrs We start with a sightseeing tour of the city . Located among hundreds of palm trees and surrounded by ochre walls, this exotic city brims with activity and life. We return to the Jemaa El Fna square, Koutoubia Mosque, the Jewish Quarter and the Bahia Palace. Lunch at the hotel included and free afternoon. At night, we recommend attending the Fantasia dinner show where you can experience the rich and varied folklore of Morocco.
Total distance: 540 km
Landscapes: Interesting landscapes, arid with oases, mountain following the Atlas, lands of nomads in some areas.
Note: Wear comfortable shoes for the visit of the Ouzud waterfall (easy access by stairs)
08.00 hrs- Marrakesh, departure. Our stage today, being longer, will allow us to see the contrasting landscapes of the country. Following the Atlantic slope of the Atlas Mountains we continue the first part of our route.
11.00 hrs.- Ouzoud Falls, surprising stop in this place full of peace that has the highest waterfalls in North Africa (110 meters), located in the Middle Atlas, in an area between spectacular gorges. We include a short boat trip and lunch in a restaurant with beautiful view of the waterfall, you can have fun watching the macaques (monkeys of Morocco) that inhabit this area.
13.30 hrs- Ouzoud, departure. We continue our route.
19.45 hrs- Arrival in Fez . Before going to the hotel, we will admire the view of the city from the Saadian tombs (according to sunlight it can be visited early the next day). Dinner included.
Total distance: 120 km.

Landscapes: pleasant agricultural landscapes.
Note: Fez is a very traditional city, Mulay Idriss a holy city, we request that you wear appropriate (discreet) clothing and respect the local population. We recommend comfortable footwear to visit the archaeological site.
In the morning we include a visit of Fez , we enter through the Bronze doors of the Royal Palace, Jewish quarter, its lively souks, the tanners´ quarter. The cultural capital of the country, home to the oldest university in the world. The city of Fez was founded in the ninth century and is known for its impressive Medina that preserves like no other the traditional Arab atmosphere. At the end of the visit, lunch included in an old palace of the Medina.
15.00 hrs- Fez- departure.
16.30 hrs- Archaeological site of Volubilis , arrival at the Roman archaeological site possibly best preserved in this area of North Africa that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Founded in the third century BC, the city of Volubilis, capital of Mauritania Tingitana, was an important military outpost of the Roman Empire in which many monuments of great beauty were erected. Entrance included-.
17.30 hrs- Volubilis- Departure. We continue our route between olive groves.
17.45 hrs- Mulay Idris- located on top of the hill, we arrive at the holy city and place of pilgrimage for Muslims in Morocco, where Mulay Idris, great-grandson of the prophet Muhammad and founder of the first royal dynasty of Morocco, is buried. The city was closed to non-Muslims until 1912 – until 2005 non-Muslims were not allowed to spend the night. Free time for a stroll.
18.45 hrs- Moulay Idriss- Departure.
19.30 hrs- Meknes. Arrival, dinner included.
Total distance: 240 km.

08.30 hrs- After breakfast, visit of Meknes , another fascinating city declared a World Heritage Site, founded for military purposes in the eleventh century by the Almoravids, and was the capital of the kingdom in times of Sultan Muley Ismail (1672-1727), founder of the Alaouite dynasty. This sovereign built an impressive city of Spanish-Moorish style, surrounding it with high walls marked by monumental doors. We will be surprised by the immense gate of Bab el Mansur and the activity in the square el Hedim (reminiscent of the D, Jemaa square of Marrakesh). We include entrance to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail . Free time.
12.30 hrs- Meknes, departure. Continuation by highway, time for lunch in service area.
15.30 hrs- Rabat. Arrival and panoramic visit of the capital of the Kingdom. We visit the powerful fortress of the Oudaia, the Hassan tower where the mausoleum of King Mohamed V is located, the walls of the Andalusians, the outer enclosure of the Royal Palace and the modern quarters of embassies. After our visit, free time.
18.30 hrs- Rabat, departure. We follow the shores of the Atlantic.
20.00 hrs- Casablanca -Arrival at the end of the day.- Dinner included.
Total distance: 245 km
Landscapes: from Atlantic plains of cultivated fields to more arid landscapes reaching Safi.
After breakfast, we include a visit with a local guide to get to know the largest city and economic center of Morocco. We will walk through its great avenues, walk through the beautiful square of Mohamed V with its fountain, Moorish buildings, palm trees and through the park of the Arab league. We will also visit little Medina. We include the entrance and visit to the huge mosque of Hassan II , the only mosque in Morocco where non-Muslims are allowed to enter, located next to the sea, with its 210-meter-high minaret with laser lights on top pointing to Mecca. After that a free time for lunch in pleasant maritime area of "La Corniche".
15.30 hrs.- Casablanca. Departure towards Marrakech.
18.45 hrs. - Marrakech -Arrival.

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